BOTH YUIN Snakes teams have done the South Coast proud by reaching the finals of the recent Nations of Origin tournament, held at Raymond Terrace.
During the two-day tournament, which has been running for six years, the Snakes competed against 96 other teams from 24 other NSW Aboriginal nations in the under 16s boys and girls rugby league sevens tournament.
On day one of the competition, Nathaniel Morrison’s boys side easily won their first games – 28-4 against Wiradjuri South, 30-4 against Kamilaroi North and 16-8 against Darug East.
Not to be outdone, the girls side, co-coached by Talia Atfield and Aimee Lonesborough, won all three matches on day one.
They first defeated Durug East 22-4, thanks to tries from Tykia Simpon (two), Ally England, Keeli Browne, Alivia Brown, before edging out Kamilariloi in their second game 16-10, with England and Browne both scoring braces.
The final game of day one saw two tries from Browne prove the difference, as the Snakes won 8-6 against Wiradujuri.
Both teams opened their day two accounts with wins against Wilkania Barkindji, with the boys winning 24-6 and the girls 8-6 – booking their spots in the top tier cup finals.
The girls won the quarter-final against Durag 20-10, before being knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual winners Darkinjung.
The boys defeated Darkinjung in their semi-final before falling at the final hurdle, losing 24-10 to Darug in the cup final.
During the tournament, Morrison’s squad featured Jonah Longbottom, Kaleb Stewart, Blake Gurney, Jayden Brody, Bailey Morris, Jacksen Tikeros, Brayden Omoebah, Mitchell Lanbgford, Jarrad Hendrie, Tyrone Roberts, Luke Millard and Bailey Tooth.
While Atfield and Lonesborough had Marle Ashby, Makyla, Farrell-Wellington, Moneisha Cricket-Thomas, Kaitlin Murray, Tykia Simpson, Jordyn Preston, Elly Austin, Tali Farrell-Wellington, Georgie Fitzpatrick, Ally England, Alivia Brown, Kelle Browne and Ella Conlon in their team.